Mexico Celebrates its Independence

To view more photos and videos of last night’s celebrations, visit the Plaza de la Constitución (Zócalo) location page.

Mexico celebrates its independence every September with parades, festivals, feasts, parties and the iconic Grito de Dolores (Cry of Dolores). Also known as El Grito de la Independencia (Cry of Independence), it was originally uttered by priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla in the small town of Dolores on September 16, 1810.

That first grito served as a pronouncement of the war against Spain and the event has since assumed near mythic status. The tradition is carried on each year on September 15 when the standing President of Mexico rings a bell and repeats a cry of patriotism based upon the Grito de Dolores. The speech ends with a threefold shout of “¡Viva México! from the balcony of the National Palace to the assembled crowd in the Plaza de la Constitución, or Zócalo, one of the largest public plazas in the world.